Monday, 29 July 2013


We should talk less and draw more. Personally I would renounce speech altogether, and like organic nature, communicate everything I have to say in sketches. 

(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing.

(Vincent van Gogh)

Thursday, 18 July 2013


I can't find anything like Derbyshire anywhere else..That little heap of crystalline hills, white over with sheep, white beneath with dog tooth spa is a treasure alike to them all...In its very minuteness it is the most educational of all the districts of beautiful landscapes known to me.

(John Ruskin)

Upon the top of that mountain begins a vast extended moor or waste, which, for fifteen or sixteen miles together due north, presents you neither hedge, house or tree, but waste and howling wilderness, over which, when strangers travel, they are obliged to take guides, or it could be next to impossible not to loose their way.

(Daniel Defoe)

Friday, 5 July 2013

Newark on Trent

'The whole essence of good drawing - and good thinking perhaps - is to work a subject down to the simplest form possible and still have it believable for what it is meant to be'.

(Chuck Jones)

'You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh'.

(John Singer Sargent)